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H.R. 262: Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act

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To prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for any violation of Federal law, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Ayanna Pressley

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 11, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Jan 11, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 11, 2021

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79 Cosponsors (78 Democrats, 1 Republican)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Pressley, Chair Raskin Request Briefing on DOJs Plans Regarding Federal Executions by Lethal Injection
    — Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA7] (Sponsor) on Dec 16, 2021

Pressley, Espaillat, Colleagues Urge AG Nominee Merrick Garland to Stop All Executions
    — Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA7] (Sponsor) on Jan 26, 2021

Pressley, Bush Lead Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Commute All Federal Death Row Sentences
    — Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA7] (Sponsor) on Jan 22, 2021

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Jan 11, 2021

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